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Saudi oil sought on deferred payment


October 2, 2018

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to ease the balance of payment pressure in the current fiscal year, Pakistan has formally requested Saudi Arabia for supply of oil on deferred payments. Saudi Arabia has been requested for supply of 100,000 to 200,000 barrels per day [on deferred payments] along with other proposals, The News has learnt. The visiting Saudi team is scheduled …

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Quetta’s Javeria Khan Marri wins NCSW Literary Award


October 1, 2018

ISLAMABAD: To encourage Pakistani women writers promoting women’s rights through their creative writings, the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) announced NCSW Literary Award program in a press briefing held here at the National Press Club on Monday. On this occasion, the first Literary Award 2018 was presented to a young short story writer Javeria Khan Marri from …

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Stop Brexit? UK’s Labour party mulls backing new referendum


September 23, 2018

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party confirmed on Sunday that it will hold a major debate on Brexit at its party conference this week, raising hopes among Labour members hoping to stop the country from leaving the European Union. With the UK and the European Union at an impasse in divorce talks, many Labour members think the left-of-centre party has the …

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Real Psychics Do Exist: Learn How to Find One in Your Area


September 10, 2018

Media representations of psychics aren’t usually positive – psychics are painted as liars out to scam people who simply want answers about the future. But these portrayals are flat-out wrong. False Hollywood portrayals, journalists looking for a snappy headline, and con artists makes psychics seem too good to be true. Yet real psychics would never scam someone with their gifts, …

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SPECTACLE: THE INNER GLOW


September 9, 2018

Chinese lanterns have come a long way from their traditional spherical shape, made from paper or silk and decorated with golden symbols or calligraphy and tassels. We Pakistanis would glimpse them usually only at Chinese restaurants. Still the principle is the same as they are all lit from inside bringing out a glow. But they don’t stop at red and …

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SMOKERS’ CORNER: THE RISE OF THE MILITANT BARELVI


September 9, 2018

Over the years, a large percentage of analysis penned on the issue of religious radicalisation in Pakistan, has almost squarely concentrated on the proliferation of the more belligerent strands of the Muslim Sunni Deobandi and of Wahibi sub-sects. Even though both are minority sub-sects in Pakistan, they began to enjoy strategic state support from the 1980s onwards — especially when …

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Inclusive Pakistan


September 9, 2018

The writer is a security analyst. AFTER the despicable Gojra riots in Punjab’s Faisalabad district that targeted Christians living in the area, a few Muslim scholars attempted to grapple with the issue of constitutionalism in Pakistan. The disturbances had badly damaged the country’s image. It was 2009 when Pakistan faced the maximum number of attacks for any year. The scholars …

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EXHIBITION: TENSIONS BETWEEN BODY AND SPACE


September 8, 2018

When a show combines, arguably, two of this century’s most exciting themes in art — feminism and the body — there is really not much room for disappointment. It is undeniable that the ostracism of women remains inextricably linked to biology and the body becomes a fertile ground upon which debates on gender can be generated. Soft Bodies, curated by …

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Are customers losing out thanks to the insurance sector’s slow uptake in the use of technology?


September 8, 2018

The Insurance industry has remained relatively resilient to digital transformation. Its age-old business model, regulation and product complexity has meant little has changed over the decades. But now, the Internet of Things is starting to make an impact. In some areas, this is already happening: £218 million has been invested in UK InsurTech in the first half of 2017, up …

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